pojk refugee protest (1)STATE TIMES NEWS

JAMMU: Reiterating their demand for a one-time settlement, members of Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) Refugee Front staged a protest on Tuesday.

The protest rally was led by President of the Front, Rachhpal Singh Chib, accused the government of discriminating against the families displaced from Mirpur, Bhimber, Deva, Watala, Chhamb, Nah, Manawar, Kotli, Muzaffarabad, Palandari, Poonch and Baagh regions of the state during the Indo-Pak wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971.

Chib said that the department-related parliamentary standing committee instructed the state government to submit a draft of the comprehensive settlement package in November last year, following which the State did so.

But, he alleged, the Omar Abdullah-government, supported by the Congress, again referred the draft package to a State sub-committee for recommendations.

Protesting refugees also registered their resentment against BJP’s surrender of political powers to PDP.

“Refugees and people of Jammu Province feel that they have been cheated by the BJP and its leadership who made promises in their wisdom document as making amendments in Article 370, provide PRC to West Pak Refugees, reserve eight Assembly Seats and two MLC seats for in the state legislature, constitute Delimitation Commission to ensure equality in the State Legislature,     provide final settlement package and give priority in the execution of the Final Settlement Package,” chib said.

Despite BJP having equal number of Assembly seats in the State, the party has let down the aspirations and high hopes of all voters of Jammu Province, Chib alleged adding that the party will face the consequences in any future elections.

“The PoJK refugees have been disappointed by the action of the BJP leadership who honoured anti-India, anti-refugee and anti-Jammu decisions,” he said.